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0120171120 (BBC7)

Biography of Alexandre Dumas's father, the inspiration behind the French author's novels.

In his new biography Tom Reiss reveals that Alexandre Dumas' father led a life of derring-do that is captured in his son's novels, The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers. Born to a French nobleman, and a black slave in the colonies, the writer's father went on to rise rapidly through the ranks to become a general in the French army. General Alex Dumas' acts of heroism were met with great acclaim, but events conspired against him leading to an irrevocable reversal of fortune.

Read by Hugh Quarshie who appears regularly in BBC One's Holby City.
Abridged by Richard Hamilton.
Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

0220171121 (BBC7)

An opulent lifestyle is surrendered when a young gallant enlists in the French Army.

Tom Reiss's new biography about the novelist Alexandre Dumas' father reveals that he led a life of derring-do that is captured in his son's novels, The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers. Today, an opulent lifestyle is surrendered when the young gallant enlists in the French Army.

Read by Hugh Quarshie.
Abridged by Richard Hamilton.
Produced by Elizabeth Allard.

0320171122 (BBC7)

General Dumas proves himself on the battlefield and encounters Napoleon Bonaparte.

Tom Reiss's new biography about the novelist Alexandre Dumas' father reveals that he led life of derring-do that is captured in his son's great novels, The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers. Today, General Dumas proves himself on the battlefield and encounters Napoleon Bonaparte for the first time.

Read by Hugh Quarshie.
Abridged by Richard Hamilton.
Produced by Elizabeth Allard.